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July 2016 - Volume 116 - Issue 7
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CE: Appropriate Use of Opioids in Managing Chronic Pain

Denenberg, Risa; Curtiss, Carol P.

AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 116(7):26-38, July 2016.

CE: Moral Distress: A Catalyst in Building Moral Resilience

Rushton, Cynda Hylton; Caldwell, Meredith; Kurtz, Melissa

AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 116(7):40-49, July 2016.






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Creator: Shawn Kennedy and Betsy Todd
Duration: 9:05
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2016, Volume 116, Issue 7;
Editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy and Clinical Editor Betsy Todd present the highlights of the July issue of the American Journal of Nursing. On this month’s cover is Moonrise Over the Sandias (2015) by Charles Kaiman, a painter and a psychiatric nurse at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Albuquerque. Our first CE, “Appropriate Use of Opioids in Managing Chronic Pain,” discusses current best practices for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, emphasizing patient assessment and essential patient teaching points regarding safe medication use, storage, and disposal. In our second CE, “Moral Distress: A Catalyst in Building Moral Resilience,” the authors outline the concept and prevalence of moral distress, describe its impact and precipitating factors, and discuss promising practices and interventions. Our next article, “Diabetes Under Control: Prediabetes: What Nurses Need to Know,” provides an overview of prediabetes criteria and reviews the evidence showing that interventions targeting modifiable risk factors—such as diet and physical activity level—can prevent or delay progression to type 2 diabetes. In “Teaching for Practice: Strategies for Successful Clinical Teaching,” the authors offer strategies for clinical teaching with an emphasis on the importance of creating a positive learning environment. In addition, there’s News, Reflections, Drug Watch, Art of Nursing, and more.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 17:06
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2016, Volume 116, Issue 7;
Over the past two decades, the use of opioids to manage chronic pain has increased substantially. Within this same period, unintentional death related to prescription opioids has been identified as a public health crisis, owing in part to such factors as insufficient professional training and medication overprescription, misuse, and diversion. AJN’s editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Risa Denenberg and Carol P. Curtiss about their article, which offers an overview of current best practices for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 11:16
AJN The American Journal of Nursing July 2016, Volume 116, Issue 7;
Moral distress is a pervasive problem in the nursing profession. An inability to act in alignment with one’s moral values is detrimental not only to the nurse’s well-being but also to patient care and clinical practice as a whole. AJN editor-in-chief Shawn Kennedy speaks with Cynda Hylton Rushton, who wrote about the concept and prevalence of moral distress in nursing, and how it can lead to moral resilience.
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